I get frustrated with Byron's unwillingness to recognize that making the ESPN highlights isn't worth being on the IL for 10 days or worse. The rest of his team needs him to stay healthy and that may mean making smarter choices about contact with the wall.
Not sure if this is Rocco's job or Nelson's job to pull him aside and say "We love the effort, but we need you on the field. Turn it down from 11"
I vehemently disagree with this take. I hate all of this reactionary stuff going around the media right now.
You do not tell Byron Buxton to quit playing hard. Once he starts thinking out there, things go wrong (see Cave, Jake).
Also, his defense is what makes him great. Take away those great catches and what are you left with? An average outfielder?
How many of his injuries have actually happened as a result of contact with the wall (everyone seems to focus on that)? He’s fouled a ball of his foot and gotten hit by a pitch, should we tell him to stand at the outside edge of the batters box and stop swinging the bat?
How many Twins players have hit the IL this year? CJ Cron stands at first base and hit the IL. Nelson Cruz doesn’t play defense at all and hit the IL. Eddie Rosario for rolling his ankle. Mitch Garver for getting ran into at home plate. Injuries happen for a number of reasons. Some players are injury prone - wall or no wall.
It’s an instinctual thing that you can’t control....and there should be no attempt to control it. Let him play baseball the way he currently plays, that’s what makes him great. Nearly all of his injuries have been flukes that have nothing to do with crashing into a wall.
Part of me wants to see him cut back for a few games. I don’t think he should, I just want to see the same reactionary people crying “stop trying so hard,” start flipping out in the other direction. There will be the time when he lets a ball land on the warning track or in front of him that costs the Twins a game. I highly doubt the same media and fan board folks will say, “good, I didn’t want him to get hurt, who cares about that game.” Especially if we lose the division by a game or it costs a game at Yankee Stadium in the playoffs.
Edited by Darius, 06 August 2019 - 10:00 AM.